Women & Heart Attacks – Ogden Regional Medical Center

(peaceful music) – My name is Kristy Chambers, I am the Stroke/Chest
Pain Coordinator here at Ogden Regional Medical Center. (peaceful music) I am the one that gets
to pay special attention to specific disease process patients, so stroke patients, chest pain patients, all of our acute coronary
syndrome patients, and make sure that they
are getting the standard of care that is current
evidence-based practice. A lot more common than people think. It is definitely a myth
that heart disease, heart attack is a man’s disease. We watch it on the movies where
the man clutches his chest and falls to the ground. With women, it’s more common. Actually heart, more women die from heart
disease than breast cancer, all cancers combined, and Alzheimer disease combined, as well. So, it is the number one killer of women. Absolutely, absolutely. And it’s probably all in all typical. So, the chest pain, the complaints of I feel like I’ve got a elephant sitting sitting on my chest or I’ve got a belt
tightened around my chest. That chest pain and tightness is still relatively common in women. The problem is that is
such a distinct sign that both men and women recognize
that as a critical problem that they need help immediately with. Unfortunately, women more
than men tend to have what we call atypical or
subtle signs of heart attack and this can be extreme fatigue. This can be cold sweats, this can be epigastric or stomach pain. This can be a lot of different, more subtle signs that
just kind of nag on. Maybe the pain isn’t as intense. It could be in an arm,
one or the other arm. It could go up into your neck or your jaw. It just can display in
women slightly different and so women are
notoriously care providers and we care for everyone else. And we tend to put our signs
and symptoms to the side and say oh I gotta get you know, I can’t go in and deal with this now, I’ve gotta get the kids taken care of. And so we tend to wait and we don’t immediately
call 911 like we should. I think we really have to
just listen to our own bodies and if we feel like this is something that I have never had before
then we need to just call 911, and get the ambulance there. Because if time is heart
muscle, every second counts. And so if we can get the care
that we need immediately, we’re going to survive that heart attack without as much heart damage and continuing heart failure problems throughout the rest of our lives. Extremely important, and that’s something that we can’t modify. We call risk factors
modifiable risk factors or non-modifiable risk factors. And family history, our genetics, we can’t do anything about
but we can sure investigate and know that that puts us
in a higher risk category if we have siblings and parents that have also had heart disease or have died from heart attacks. Every, every minute counts. I cannot overemphasize that. If we can catch a heart
attack within the golden hour, even 90 minutes, we have skilled cardiologists, interventionalists that can go in, we can get patients into the cath lab, we can get those arteries opened up and we can get stents placed
to reperfuse that heart so that that heart muscle doesn’t die. And so it does, every,
every second counts. I just think women work so
hard and care for our families and we raise our kids and
we think of this retirement or this joy of playing with grandkids, and if we don’t take care of ourselves, our quality of life
isn’t going to be there. Call 911 and take care of ourselves. Eat right, exercise. Do all those things we
know we’re supposed to do. And if we have pain, atypical pain, subtle signs and symptoms
that are just not, doesn’t feel right, call 911. (peaceful music)

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